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The Vision

Bring ideas together … research, debate, understand, stir curiosity, become friends … draw people to our Creator and each other … build evidence, pursue truth, grow knowledge, develop wisdom, appreciate.

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The Mission

  • Create networks of people in local communities and across world cultures to come together, solve problems, and enjoy each other's company.
  • Provide tools for debate, instruction, problem-solving, entertaining interactions, etc.
  • Find solutions to complex problems.
  • Publish.

Features

Reference Section

This will become a live, continually updated repository of information that can be used by debate teams, journalists, educators, policymakers, etc. This will be an encyclopedia, similar to Wikipedia, where users can enter factual statements. Then, for each point, people can list evidence that supports it and evidence that contradicts it, along with the reasoning behind the support or contradictions. Tools will be available to help keep the facts, evidence, and logic manageable.

The Idea Heap

Quick Notes (personal thoughts)

Write down short ideas as thoughts come.

Note Cards (notes from websites, books, periodicals, videos)

Build a note card system with bibliographic references to gather information from websites, books, magazines, videos, etc.

Articles, Essays, Blogs

Enable project members to compile information across Quick Links, Quick Notes, Lists, Comparisons, and Formulas using keywords and hashtags.

Outlines

Create outlines—but not just outlines. Add tools that enable authors to drag and drop quick links, note cards, and quick notes to the outline topics and subtopics. This will expand an author's tools to build a full-fledged article with in-depth thoughts and evidence.

Inversely, allow a hodge podge of quick links, note cards, and quick notes to be dragged around and ordered to enable the development of an outline.

Lists

We will allow the development of lists. They will have similar features as mentioned for the outlines above, plus each list could become part of an outline itself.

Comparisons

This tool will allow for comparisons:

  • On the one hand, on the other hand
  • This is needed and that is needed
  • This is exclusive of that
  • This is a paradox where these things are mutually exclusive yet simultaneously true

Formulas

Allow writings to include mathematical formulas and chemical relationships. Include tools that enable standard notation of fractions, summations, integrals, chemical equations, etc.

Hashtags/Keywords

Enable project members to gather research across Quick Links, Quick Notes, Lists, Comparisons, and Formulas through keywords or commonly accepted hashtags.

Search

Enable project members to search research across Quick Links, Quick Notes, Lists, Comparisons, Formulas, Articles, Blogs, etc.

Collaboration

Essays

Write rough drafts of essays, enable editors to review the essays, enable publication of the essays, and allow monitored reader comments at the end of each article after publication.

Forums (traditional)

Allow for a more interactive and collaborative experience, but typically a linear series of thoughts.

Forums (spiderweb)

Enable interactive discussion based on nodes where the traditional linear discussions can branch off in several directions.

Debates (oppositional)

Traditional style. Debate two sides of a proposition. Teams take a side for the first debate, then switch sides of the topic in a second debate. This allows a fuller perspective on the issues.

Debates (collaborative)

Virtual teams will debate two sides of an issue, but participants can switch back and forth between them as ideas and rebuttals for either side come to mind.

Debates (multi-dimensional)

Not all problems have just two sides. Many are multi-dimensional. Develop debate structures for a topic that can handle several dimensions of thought.

Debates (humorous)

These debates will focus more on humor than exploring challenging paradoxes and problems. Humorous debates will help people escape the constant barrage of life's difficulties.

Resources

Build a list of references where ideas can be found: libraries, media, universities, government resources, business resources, church resources, other nonprofit resources, experts' contact info, etc.

Build database repositories where ideas can be stored, retrieved, and browsed.

Media

In addition to blogs, forums, and debates, we also want to enable users to produce vlogs, videos, chats, and streaming of real-time events.

Language Translation

Many members won’t know English, so we must add language translation capabilities to the site.

Professions

(These tools will be built as time permits)

For all these sections, we will build the following:

  • Systems, human and AI (artificial intelligence), to keep duplicate information to a minimum in the databases
  • Systems, human and AI, that make the inputs easier to read and understand without losing the points being made or evidence being presented
  • Systems, human and AI, that keep the data organized in ways that the public finds intuitive
Journalism

Provide tools for journalism such as the following to enable people to engage in journalism:

  • Reference system that tracks the accuracy of journalists and news outlets over time. All ideological sides could submit evidence regarding accuracy.
  • Reference system that tracks blatant bias that results in inaccurate news reports. An example of blatant bias would be when a reporter declares someone else's claim as being false when, for anyone, there are too many unknowns to determine that. But since they wish it were false to fit their narrative, they declare it false.
  • Databases for the public to submit, store, and retrieve information and evidence for all topics of general interest
  • List principles for sound journalism
  • References for journalists and publishers on how to grow journalistic outlets
  • How to develop contacts with movers and shakers for gathering news
  • Journalism equipment guide
  • Writing guides
  • Videography guides
  • Publishing guides
  • Budgeting and financial guides
  • Online instruction and links to training to develop journalistic skills
  • Provide news website services that journalists can license to use as their news outlets at attractive prices
  • Language translation services
  • Forums to discuss how to improve journalism

Law

Provide research regarding what makes good law and how to make law fairer and more effective:

  • Reference system that tracks how law has facilitated society and individuals, and how it has damaged society and individuals.
  • Reference system that tracks blatant bias in law throughout history.
  • Databases for the public to submit, store, and retrieve information and evidence for all topics regarding law
  • Develop systems that link the general public to legislators and their staffs to collaboratively research the best ways to solve complex problems in society
  • List principles for sound law
  • How to develop relationships with staffs of legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government
  • Online instruction and links to training to develop legal knowledge and insight
  • Database for public use that tracks what issues can be reasonably addressed through law and what problems can only be addressed through systems outside the legal system (statutory laws vs. laws of the heart)
  • Forums to discuss how to improve legal systems

Consider that statutory law (written law) provides standardized formulas, the shortcut solutions derived from complex problem-solving. But it can only approximate the best solutions to what behavior contributes to sound social activity and social relationships, where people work, study, play, help, care for each other, share ideas and efforts, reign in bad behavior, and facilitate each other's hopes and dreams. Statutory laws can't generate enough if-then-else scenarios to provide intuitive guidance to society's every behavior. Even if they could, they couldn't be organized enough that our limited brains and emotions could grasp everything.

Laws of the heart give much, much more breathing room and life. They're intuitively understood. They must be continually taught, learned, discovered, and modified throughout individuals' and societies' lifetimes. So, statutory laws have limited applicability and typically get enforced top-down. Laws of the heart have broad applicability down to the lowest detail and develop from bottom-up experiences and ponderings.

Statutory laws provide standardization. Laws of the heart provide creativity and discovery.

Business

Provide business tools to enable people to start new businesses:

  • Databases with information and references on how to build meaningful and successful businesses
  • Principles for sound business
  • References on finding assistance with building a new business
  • Budgeting and financial guides
  • Online instruction to develop business skills
  • Language translation services
  • Forums to discuss business

Social Services

Provide research regarding what makes social services effective and how to make social services fairer and more effective:

  • Reference system that tracks how social services have facilitated society and individuals and how they have damaged society and individuals.
  • Reference system that tracks blatant bias in social services throughout history.
  • Databases for the public to submit, store, and retrieve information and evidence for all topics regarding social services
  • List principles for sound practice in social services
  • How to develop relationships with staff of social services
  • Online instruction and links to training to develop social services, including getting funding, finding workers, managing finances, etc.
  • Database for public use that tracks what problems can be reasonably addressed through social services
  • Forums to discuss how to improve social service systems

Education

Provide tools for supplemental education:

  • Databases to both retrieve and submit information and evidence for good education
  • Principles for sound education
  • References on building educational outlets
  • Education equipment guide
  • Quality online educational resources
  • Budgeting and financial guides
  • Online instruction to develop teaching skills
  • Forums to discuss how to improve public, private, and home-school educational systems

Politics

Provide tools to improve our political systems:

  • Databases to both retrieve and submit information and evidence
  • Principles for sound politics
  • References to contact politicians
  • Build research systems to help the general public work with politicians to fix vexing problems
  • Forums to discuss how to improve political systems through both limited and robust politics

Faith Institutions

Provide tools to improve our churches and faith institutions:

  • Databases to both retrieve and submit information and evidence regarding faith issues
  • Principles for sound religion
  • References to contact faith leaders
  • Work with faith leaders to develop systems to create research partnerships between faith leaders and the general public to address vexing problems
  • Forums that address faith issues.
    Keep in mind that faith isn't just religious. Religions indeed delve into the observable and things that can't be observed and, for what can't be observed, typically rely on revelation. But, in the end, all belief systems start with faith (unprovable belief) in foundational somethings, such as trust and belief in what our senses tell us, trust and belief in what others have taught us and brought to our attention, trust and belief in our reasoning, trust and belief in God, trust and belief in sacred scriptures, etc. All beliefs, whether "religious" or "scientific" or whatever they may be, are eventually founded on faith in presuppositions, doctrines, axioms, jumping to conclusions, etc. We can't get away from that. Even trust in observation is based on trust in our senses, presupposing that our senses have given us legitimate and useful information. Some faith of this sort provides us with handy guidance that solves many problems. On the other hand, some faith leads us down paths of misconception and, in some cases, even delusion. But faith is always a starting point for every belief system.